Benefits of Vitamin A

Keep aging at bay, with Vitamin A

Hi there! Before I share some healthy beauty gems, I just have to tell you about this guy who walked into the doctor's office. He had a banana in one ear, a cucumber in the other, and a carrot stuck up one nostril. The man said, "Doc, this is terrible! What's wrong with me?" The doctor said, "Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly!"

So, let's get to the matter of eating sensibly, shall we? Not only eating sensibly for optimal health, but also eating for optimal beauty! There are some delicious foods that are packed with nutrients that are A- Grade Beautifiers! Vitamin A!

This is an essential nutrient, also known as Retinol and Beta carotene. Retinol is very well known as a potent ingredient, in the beauty industry, especially in the pursuit of anti-aging. Wrinkles be gone!! Fact: Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment, found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colourful vegetables. Carrots which are rich in beta-carotene can help in preventing hair loss. They are packed in Vitamin A, which assists in improving scalp health and strengthening hair follicles. Do we seriously need any more reasons to eat carrots?!!

I personally love carrot cake. Do you know the secret to making a carrot cake rich? Add 24 carats to it. Hahaha! Ahhh... What's up doc?

Anyway, let's find out more about the rich rewards we can receive, for eating foods that contain Vitamin A!

1. Healthy hair, skin and also nails.

2. Antioxidant and immune booster - so this not only helps to build a strong defence against infections, but high antioxidants help to protect against many forms of cancer.

3.Excellent for eye health and essential for night vision. Wow!! Vitamin A is truly and protective and powerful! Speaking of protective, do you know which martial art a vegetable uses to protect itself? .... Carrotee!

Sorry! I know I've pushed the carrot jokes all the way to a food suggestion:

How about cutting some carrots into batons, grab one of Marisa's Kitchen dips, that are not only nutritious but delicious - and enjoy dipping whether relaxing, entertaining, or as a healthy snack at work or school. By the way, Marisa's dips are made in Melbourne, and made from fresh produce supplied by Jim's Home Fresh.

Ok, we are at the point of discovering where we can find some other excellent food sources for Vitamin A? Here we go: Beef liver and veal liver... (Sorry, I know I lost a lot of you here, well honestly, that includes me too!)

However, there's a long list that gets good from here: watercress, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes, melons, pumpkin, mangoes, tomatoes, broccoli, apricots, papayas, tangerines, eggs, spinach and most dark green leafy vegetables, and of course ...carrots!

Remember, you can get your dose of beta-carotene for better health, from Jim's Home Fresh! You beauty! How about a nice treat of Vitamin A.

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

Line an oven tray with grease proof paper. Wash your sweet potatos very well, so that you don't need to peel it.  Cut into thin chips between 1cm to 2cms in size. Drizzle a little oil on them and season with cracked black pepper and Himalayas Rock Salt. Place chips on oven tray, placing them in a single layer. If you have a large quantity, then use more than one tray. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 240°C/220°C fan forced oven for approx 30 mins, until nice and tender. Take out carefully and enjoy whilst watching your favourite movie.

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